Adequate, accurate and timely information in support of marine monitoring, surveillance, safety and security is critical for maritime decision makers and stakeholders to effectively deliver their services. Spaceborne radar presents a technology that allows vast spatial areas to be monitored in a cost effective manner, providing information both day and night in all weather conditions complementary to ground, air and sea-based resources.
|OceanSAR 2006 is the third in the series of Coastal and Marine Applications of SAR workshops. The previous events have been successful in gathering SAR and Ocean experts and scientists together to assess the capabilities of the technology in support of operational information needs, and identified the need for a set of robust tools that can be made available for systematic marine monitoring and operational applications. OceanSAR 2006 will build on these prior recommendations and offer a venue both for scientists to present the findings of their current research and for operational maritime end-users to present their information needs. Hence, OceanSAR 2006 will provide a unique opportunity for researchers and practitioners to gain knowledge of new processing methodologies, technological advances in SAR, and current and future needs and requirements of operational service centres.
Bridging the Gap between Science and Operations
Maritime information needs and requirements are cross-sectorial (transport, ocean resources, security, MetOc, etc.), cross-disciplinary (security, meteorology, oceanography, biology, and economy), and cross-functional (monitoring, surveillance, science). To build on the science activities in support of the operational mandates and to address topics in an integrated fashion (from data to information and knowledge), the workshop is organized into five Thematic Sessions addressing key maritime issues. Suggested paper topics have been provided under each theme below.
Paper and poster submissions will be organized under these five themes. Authors and presenters are encouraged to focus their paper on one of the five themes and topics. For each thematic session, there will be two invited presentations summarizing: a) Needs and Requirements and b) Scientific State-of-the-Art, followed by selected presentations, demonstrating the latest SAR applications work. Each session will close with a discussion to identify remaining issues and gaps to be addressed in the future.
The «Advances in SAR Information Extraction» session will be devoted entirely to the latest developments and advances in SAR algorithm work and will include a summary discussion which, in conjunction with the summaries from the other Thematic Sessions, will identify needs and opportunities for future work. Posters will be presented and discussed in parallel.